Aquitaine is one of the most popular regions of France. Perhaps, it's due to its very comfortable geographic position or due to pleasant climate. Anyway, if you have never been to France before Aquitaine is the best place to start your acquaintance with the country. This province has a rich history, probably, as everything in France does. In the Roman times this land was called 'the province of Gallia Aquitania' and it covered the area of about one third of the size of the present France. Even nowadays you may see a lot of remains of the Roman culture across the region, and these historic monuments attract not less attention than the climate or the possible activities. Later the territory was conquered by Visigoths and in a century by Franks. Only in 1453 the region of Aquitaine became a part of France, and since then their histories are tightly bounded.
One of the main attractions in Aquitaine is its activities. Mountains on the border with Spain are wonderful for skiing in winter; the water in the Atlantic Ocean becomes warm rather early, which provides great swimming and waterserfing in late spring and summer. In general, the climate in Aquitaine is perfect to make it one of the best tourist regions in France. And it is, indeed, so. People come there from everywhere to enjoy amazing landscapes and sceneries, to delight the weather and to amuse themselves with enormous quantity of various activities.
Besides, the province is famous for its cuisine. The best and most well-known wines in Aquitaine are produced in Bordeaux, the capital of the region. The very interesting, pleasant and attractive fact is that cellars are usually open for those who want to taste wine. You will be willingly welcomed and offered to delight the best wines the owner possesses. So, do not lose such a perfect chance! As for the traditional food, you will hardly be able to find anything not connected with goose or duck there. Everything in Aquitaine is cooked on goose fat, and the dishes are so wonderful that you will fall in love with this cuisine forever. Though, it's not too attractive for those who prefer dietetic food.
The region has numerous places of interest and wonderful cities, each with its own color and spirit. For those who like nature, forests, lakes and small villages the Landes will be the best rest destination. Besides, the majority of the resorts and hotels Aquitaine are situated there. If you want to discover historical places visit Bayonne with its cathedral and medieval streets. For the mountaineers and stronger people fond of extreme rest the Lavedan must become a vacation destination. This is the region where mountains, valleys and waterfalls show you all their severe beauty. It's not difficult to notice that Aquitaine region has really something for everybody, both children and adults, sportsmen and culture lovers, romantic and pragmatic persons. Discover Aquitaine and find your own place in this wonderful land of nature, culture and romance.